questions about the narcissist's shared fantasy and mortification, sex, and
far as their fans are concerned, celebrities fulfil two emotional functions:
they provide a mythical narrative (a story that the fan can follow and identify
with) and they function as blank screens onto which the fans project their
dreams, hopes, fears, plans, values, and desires (wish fulfilment). The
slightest deviation from these prescribed roles provokes enormous rage and
makes us want to punish (humiliate) the "deviant" celebrities.
the human foibles, vulnerabilities, and frailties of a celebrity are revealed,
the fan feels humiliated, "cheated", hopeless, and "empty".
To reassert his self-worth, the fan must establish his or her moral superiority
over the erring and "sinful" celebrity. The fan must "teach the
celebrity a lesson" and show the celebrity "who's boss". It is a
primitive defence mechanism – narcissistic grandiosity. It puts the fan on
equal footing with the exposed and "naked" celebrity.
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